Last-Minute Replacement... No April Fool!

I had hopped out of the shower Tuesday morning, threw on some clothes and got ready to eat some lunch and watch "The Young and the Restless" while I let my hair do a little air-drying, when the phone rang. It was The News Boss. "I forgot - I need a noon anchor," he said. "Why?" was all I could think to say for an immediate response. Dave and Lindsay were off to San Antonio, Rae Chelle is out sick, Brian Dorman is coming in special Wednesday, Brian Quick is in Tuesday night to cover City Council, and, so, it fell to calling me. It was 11:05 am - I said I'd do the best I could. In record time, I was out the door, promising the dogs I'd be back to take them out soon! By 11:35 am, I was pulling off the Wanamaker exit, with The News Boss calling - "We need to file a radio report, too, before noon - I'll print a few things off." Talk about a whirlwind! But in a fun way - Midday in Kansas has some unique elements that make it fun - like reading the market report and an interview guest at the end. Tuesday, I got to meet William Beteta, the executive director of the visioning project. Check out to get involved! As rushed as it was, it still doesn't beat the all-time frantic call to come in. That happened a few years back on a Saturday evening at 9:50 pm. The producer called saying I had to come in because the anchor had just gotten sick - like throwing up sick in the bathroom and couldn't stop. I thought it was a joke...he kept saying, "No seriously." After about three go arounds of that, I finally believed him. I grabbed the first jacket I could find and my husband drove while I put on makeup. There'd been a home college football game that day, so the sports guy (Steve Gee at the time) was on-set first doing game highlights and interviews. I ran in the door while he was in the middle of that, literally ran into the studio, and huffed and puffed my way through two sentences to interview a reporter piece on-tape, which luckily gave me two minutes to catch my breath! From my door to on-air in roughly ten minutes - Let's hope that never happens again!


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